The four years Darren Till spent in Brazil, and his grasp of the Portuguese language, has endeared the Liverpool native to a host of MMA fans.
Famously, the surging welterweight was sent to Brazil after he was stabbed in the back as a teenager. Up until that point, he had only contested Muay Thai fights, but while he was in his adopted home he began his ascent in MMA.
Although Till moved back to Liverpool, he still keeps in touch with his Brazilian teammates, friends and fans.
Following Colby Covington’s post-fight address where he launched a tirade at the Sao Paulo crowd following his win over Demian Maia, Till claims that he has received “about a thousand of messages” urging him to get revenge for Brazil.
“I’ve had about a thousand messages from Brazilians, angry as well, saying they want me to kill Colby,” Till told Ariel Helwani on this week’s edition of The MMA Hour.
“(They say), ‘He’s disrespected our country and he’s disrespecting you’. You know, he really did. Why did he do that? That was ridiculous.”
Till later insisted that he didn’t feel that Covington deserved to be punished for his comments as it’s only adding to the hype surrounding the welterweight division at the moment.
“No, he doesn’t have to get in trouble for it. As you said, at the moment the welterweight division is just so interesting at the moment,” said Till.
“People want me to kill Colby for disrespecting Brazil. Then there’s me and Perry and there are a load of other guys as well. (Kamaru Usman) is on Instagram saying that he wants to fight me. It’s amazing.”
Till went on to explain that he was not personally offended by Covington’s comments about Brazil, but he does feel the ATT man is trying too hard to come across as “the bad guy.”
“I’m not offended, I just think it’s stupid. I think Colby is trying to be this bad guy trash talker, but it’s coming off a bit (disingenuous). It’s like he’s forcing it. It’s fake,” he said.
“He’s trying too hard. Just be genuine and people will like you. Not a lot of people are liking him because he’s coming off as fake. Just be real and everyone will like you. Be a genuine person, you know?”